Thursday, March 14, 2013
Previewing the Vermont Catamounts
As for the forwards, the week off could not have come at a better time. Not only were guys tired from a long road trip to UVM, they were really beat up. The days off on Sunday and Monday (Tuesday for some) really seemed to rejuvenate this club. As we saw on Saturday, these guys can be pretty dangerous when they're getting out in space and playing Eagle hockey. As for the series, I expect that UVM is going to play worlds better than they did on Saturday night. Expect them to come out stronger, faster, and take less penalties because when they were in the sin bin last weekend, the Eagles made them pay big time. Vermont is going to try and get that early one or two goal lead and completely shut down the neutral zone, such as Lowell and Providence did vs the Eagles. In order for BC to be successful against this, they've got to find a way to open this game up. Shots, odd man rushes, and skating north south for long periods of time will really help BC. For the Eagles to be successful, they want to play a game at their tempo, a high octane tempo with speed through the neutral zone. The first period tomorrow has got to be all about trying to establish that.
The bottom line is BC has got to be ready. This isn't going to be some walk in the park...Vermont is going to be licking their chops for a chance to pull of the major upset and extend their season for another week. I think if BC continues to build on what they did last week in the offensive zone and is able to shore up their defensive zone play, an area where Alber's return will certainly help, they have a great chance to get to the Garden.
Keys for the Eagles-
1. Playing the game at their pace and keeping the puck down low. Keep the puck in their end for as long as possible. The time of possession for Saturday's game was probably close to 2-1, that's got to continue.
2. Need the big guns to continue to play well. Arnold, Johnny G, Whitney, Mullane, and Matheson were outstanding last weekend for the most part. If those guys continue to score goals and the bottom six forwards can continue their solid play, BC should win this series.
My Hockey East Predictions-
Maine in 3 (Lowell won tonight)
BC in 2
BU in 2
UNH in 3